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For Immediate Release

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January 28, 2015 Jonathan Bailey, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Ohio (614) 469-5540
Barry Golden,
Senior Inspector
Southern District of Florida (954) 214-0301
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Columbus, OH – Peter Tobin, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that Thomas Gregory Thompson, along with his assistant Alison Louise Antekeier were arrested by the United States Marshals Service, Southern District of Florida on arrest warrants issued out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Thomas Gregory Thompson (Apprehended) Alison Louise Antekeier (Apprehended)
Thomas Gregory Thompson Alison Louise Antekeier

On August 13, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued by United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. for Thompson’s arrest after he continuously failed to appear for various hearings for an on-going civil case that has been pending since 2006. At that hearing, attorneys who did appear on Thompson’s behalf stated they were hired by Thompson’s assistant-Alison Antekeier. The Court then directed that Antekeier appear before the Court to explain Thompson’s absence. Then, on 11/07/2012, after having failed to appear as directed, a similar arrest warrant was issued for Antekeier as well. The U.S. Marshals Service investigation, as well as various Court documents and hearings revealed and showed the two of them have been on the run ever since together.

Deputy Marshals in Southern Ohio sent out dozens of leads to U.S. Marshals offices around the country. A majority of those lead were sent to offices in the state of Florida. The capture ended not that far away from the last documented sighting of the couple in 2012 in Vero Beach, Florida, where they were living as a couple in a local mansion called Gracewood. The U.S. Marshals Service in West Palm Beach, Florida had been investigating the whereabouts of the two Ohio fugitives since December 1, 2014. The Marshals investigation in Palm Beach County finally panned out as they arrested Thompson and Antekeier at a Hilton hotel in Boca Raton, Florida. The U.S. Marshals investigation in South Florida showed Thompson and Antekeier have been living at the hotel for more than a year. Deputy Marshals discovered the fugitive couple had been paying “cash” for the hotel, and Antekeier was utilizing a fake name to rent the hotel room. Antekeier was using at least three fraudulent names as a means to hide her true identity.

Thompson and Antekeier were well versed in “tradecraft” and had read books on how to elude law enforcement. Upon being arrested, they offered no resistance to Deputy Marshals. Thompson did not attempt to hide his real identity. Deputy Marshals and task force officers from the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in West Palm Beach conducted surveillance on Antekeier for hours yesterday and followed her back to the hotel in Boca Raton. The fugitive couple had no vehicles registered in their name. Antekeier was utilizing county transit buses and taxis to move around the Palm Beach County area.

Thompson and Antekeier were booked into the Palm Beach County jail late last night. Both Thompson and Antekeier will make their initial court appearance today in West Palm Beach Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida. At a later point in time, they will be removed to the Southern District of Ohio for a court appearance on these original charges.

“The United States Marshals Service, in the Southern District of Ohio, along with the three Judicial Districts that comprise the state of Florida, as well as many others, worked very hard on this case. They utilized all of our resources and ingenuity and they were able to accomplish what some thought would be near impossible,” said U.S. Marshal Tobin. “Thompson was smart-perhaps one of the smartest fugitives ever sought by the U.S. Marshals, along with almost limitless resources and approximately a ten year head start our investigation showed, was still caught. I believe that says a lot about our people and our agency as a whole,” concluded Tobin.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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